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Whitening In-Office Vs. At-Home: Which is Right for You?

May 24, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drkics @ 2:46 pm

If one were to tally all the aspirations people have with regards to their looks, owning a great smile would probably figure at or near the top of most people’s lists. That’s because a great smile is a tremendous asset in life and a big confidence booster to boot. Needless to say, having pearly white teeth plays a significant role in feeling your best.

Unfortunately, for many people, this goal is fairly hard to achieve, given the fact that common foods and drinks tend to have an adverse effect on the color of our teeth. Even something as banal as coffee can easily lead to stained teeth in no time, making it a priority to address these concerns through more proactive means.

At Westgate Dental Care, we believe that people should always have a choice when it comes to undergoing dental treatments. That’s why we offer both in-office whitening sessions and at-home kits to all our patients.

EZ-White® Pro: In-Office

In-office whitening is generally quicker and more effective, as dental professionals are equipped to handle stronger materials that deliver visible whitening results in a single session. In our case, we use the reputable EZ-White® Pro teeth whitening system that can whiten your teeth up to ten shades in one go. Our favorite benefits of EZ White® Pro include having your teeth conveniently whitened in about one hour, with little to no tooth sensitivity afterwards. Our patients also receive a complimentary EZ White® Pro tooth whitening pen for at-home touch-ups! It’s no wonder that this is the preferred choice of actors, models and those who often seek the shortest path to a great smile.

In-office whitening is also a good solution for people who prefer to bypass the responsibility of handling their own whitening trays each and every day. It will generally result in dramatically whiter teeth after a single session, so you’ll likely enjoy getting used to the results rather quickly.

Opalescence®: At Home

On the other hand, at-home whitening is slower-paced, since it gradually occurs over several weeks, thereby being gentler on your teeth and gums in the process. It’s also more convenient, as it doesn’t require booking an appointment and places the responsibility firmly in the patient’s hands. However, most people find that typical over the counter solutions do not pack the necessary punch to really make a difference. That’s because the whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes, strips and gels that enter the market are often heavily diluted, with more emphasis on marketing themselves than providing a valuable service.

In contrast, we use the Opalescence® whitening system, which has a proven success rate due to its medical-grade ingredients that are both effective and safe to use. What’s more, by combining customized application trays with personalized amounts of professional whitening gel, we ensure that every patient receives a treatment tailored specifically to their individual needs. After about two weeks of wear, the results of using Opalescence® are similar to in-practice whitening, with teeth that are up to ten shades whiter than before.

All in all, regardless of whether you go with in-office whitening sessions or at-home kits, our practice aims to provide you with tremendous results that will last for years on end. Reserve an appointment today and get started on making your perfect smile dreams come true.